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Paris, March 20, 2018 —Trip Advisor announced this year’s Travelers choice awards for destinations and Paris was elected #1 by travelers.
It is the first time since 2013 that Paris had taken the lead, followed by London in second position and Rome in third, with Istanbul listed for the first time and New York prominently featured in the top destinations list.
Christian Mantei, CEO of Atout France, the France Tourism Development Agency was reached for comment and had the following to say: “This award is so important to us as it is a recognition by travelers of joint efforts undertaken these recent years. The French Government, the region, the city and the entire travel industry (hotels, transportation, museums, gastronomy…) worked hard to show Paris and France in a new light. Receiving this award today and this week is all the more meaningful because it is International Francophonie Day and because tomorrow is “Good France,” the largest worldwide dinner held to celebrate French gastronomy.”
In addition to the “Best Destination” nod, France was notably strong in the restaurant, landmark, museums and attractions categories.
TripAdvisor travelers also selected France’s Top 10 Destinations for 2018, featuring Paris in the lead of course, followed by Corsica, Nice, Lyon, Bordeaux, Strasbourg, Marseille, Carcassonne, Cannes and Chamonix.
Four of these top French destinations—Nice, Bordeaux, Strasbourg and Marseille, are members of a 28 city association called Top French Cities.
About Atout France
Atout France, the France Tourism Development Agency, is the sole national organization responsible for the development and promotion of tourism to France. As an association of public and private interests, Atout France is charged with supporting tourism to France and assisting its partners internationally through its network of offices in around 30 countries. Atout France is also responsible for assisting regions, counties, towns and cities in the development and modernization of their tourism assets, as well as for administering France’s new hotel rating system.